Judge Rodney Gilstrap was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas and was confirmed in 2011. He assumed the position of Chief Judge in 2018.
Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Leonard P. Stark was appointed by President Joseph R. Biden in March 2022. He came to the Federal Circuit from the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, where he was appointed as a Magistrate in 2007 and then as a District Judge in 2010.
District Judge, U.S. District Court, District of DE
Richard G. Andrews is a District Judge of the the united States District Court for the District of Delaware. He has served since 2011. He has presided over more than sixty patent trials. Before he was a judge, he tried more than fifty cases before juries. He was elected a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Michael Truncale was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 14, 2019, and appointed by President Donald J. Trump on May 16, 2019. As a nominee, he received the unanimous well-qualified rating by the American Bar Association.
Judge Thad Heartfield was born and raised in Port Arthur, Texas. After graduating from St. Mary’s School of Law in 1965, he began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.
Jeremy Kernodle is a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas in Tyler. Before taking the bench, Judge Kernodle was a partner at Haynes and Boone, LLP in Dallas, where he practiced complex commercial litigation and appeals.
Judge Mitchell was sworn in as a United States Magistrate Judge on August 16, 2013. In her time on the bench and while working with Chief Judge Davis, Judge Mitchell has overseen numerous patent and general civil litigation cases. She also mediates cases pending in the Eastern District of Texas and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
JIMMIE V. REYNA was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit by President Barack Obama in 2011. He was confirmed by the Senate 86 to 0. Prior to his appointment, Judge Reyna was an international trade attorney with Williams Mullen and a member of its board of directors.
Chief District Judge (ret.)/Partner, Jackson Walker LLP
David Folsom is a partner in Jackson Walker’s Litigation practice group, and he leads the firm’s Texarkana office. As former Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, David brings his experience and insight to cases both in and out of the Eastern District.
Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
James C. Ho is a Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Before his appointment on January 4, 2018, he was co-chair of the national Appellate and Constitutional Law practice group of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
Danielle Williams is a litigation partner in Winston's Charlotte office. She has extensive experience in handling high-risk, multi-patent, multi-product, and multi-defendant cases in a broad range of technologies, in federal courts across the country.
James “Tripp” Fussell is a partner in Mayer Brown’s Washington DC office. He is a member of our Intellectual Property practice where he focuses on litigating complex patent cases in federal courts throughout the country involving a wide variety of technologies.
Jeff Bragalone is a founder of Bragalone Olejko Saad in Dallas, Texas. Bragalone Olejko Saad PC has a nationwide complex commercial litigation practice, with an emphasis on patent and intellectual property litigation matters, technology related cases, and cases brought under the False Claims Act.
Mr. Findlay has been practicing law and helping people for more than 25 years. He began his practice as a trial lawyer, focusing much of his energy on personal injury cases, and was Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Tim Durst is a Chambers-ranked, first-chair trial lawyer with years of courtroom experience handling complex and high-stakes disputes. He has taken to trial a wide range of cases including patent, trade secrets, contract, fraud, and fiduciary duty disputes.
Natalie Bennett is a trial and appellate lawyer focusing on high-stakes patent infringement, breach of contract, and trade secret disputes. She has tried IP disputes in district courts before a jury, at the International Trade Commission, and before Arbitration panels.
Born in the Land of Oz (Kansas), and raised on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi like Huckleberry Finn, and in the shadows of the Gateway Arch (St. Louis, Missouri), Alan headed west to Texas more than 30 years ago.
Andrea Fair joined Ward, Smith & Hill in 2016 after practicing complex commercial litigation in Houston for five years, where her practice focused on patent infringement, construction disputes, and insurance coverage and defense work.
Leon Jaworski Chair of Practice & Procedure, Baylor Law
Professionally, Jim Wren is a trial lawyer first and foremost. Before becoming a law professor, he was designated each year as a Texas Super Lawyer in business litigation, former national president of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), and board certified nationally and in Texas in multiple trial specializations.
Joe Mueller is a first-chair trial lawyer who has worked on dozens of trials in courts across the country. Many of his cases involve intellectual property disputes, and he has led trial teams in high-stakes trials for some of the world’s top technology companies.
Board certified in civil trial law, Wesley Hill balances a successful practice in intellectual property and business litigation. With more than 30 trials to his credit, including over 20 patent cases, Mr. Hill brings broad courtroom experience to every case he handles.
Supervisory Special Agent Timothy Brown began his career with the FBI in 2008. After graduating from the FBI Academy, SSA Brown was assigned to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in the Boston Division.
Vice President/Deputy General Counsel, Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
Liz is the Deputy General Counsel for Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) with responsibility for complex litigation, product liability, government investigations, risk management, intellectual property and regulatory compliance.
Bryan Sinclair is the Sr. Director and Associate General Counsel of IP Litigation at Cisco Systems where he oversees an incredibly talented team and the management of all of Cisco’s intellectual property litigation.
Angie is a Senior Trial Consultant at Laird Trial Consulting LLC. She regularly leads client engagements, consulting with trial counsel on mock jury research design and implementation, witness preparation, jury selection, trial strategy/observation, and post-trial interviews.
Director & Senior IP Counsel, LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc.
Hongsun Yoon is Director and Senior IP Counsel for LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc. In this position, he is responsible for intellectual property matters in the United States for LG across the company’s many products.
Charles "Chip" Babcock is a Texas-based trial and appellate lawyer who litigates at both the trial and appellate levels across the United States. He has tried over 100 cases to a jury and argued over 50 appeals.
Maryalyce Cox is a shareholder at MehaffyWeber, where she first started practicing after graduating from the University of Houston Law Center. She specializes in premises liability, products liability, transportation, toxic tort, labor and employment, and personal injury defense.
G. Blake Thompson, a partner at Mann | Tindel | Thompson, focuses his practice on complex civil litigation including intellectual property and business litigation along with catastrophic personal injury cases.
Alfred R. Fabricant (Fred) is an experienced first chair trial lawyer who focuses his practice on patent infringement cases. Fred tried his first case in the Eastern District before Judge Ward in 2006.
Megan Legband is an associate at Farrow-Gillespie Heath Wilmoth LLP. She focuses her practice on representing for-profit and nonprofit entities in a variety of transactional issues, including corporate governance, entity selection and formation, employment concerns, and other matters.
Greg Dykeman has been a trial lawyer in Southeast Texas for the last 35 years. Mr. Dykeman is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law. He has represented individuals and companies in a wide range of litigation in State and Federal Courts throughout Texas.
Mr. Francis began his career as a member of the United States Air Force detailed to the National Security Agency. During his tenure with the NSA, he was deployed to Misawa Japan where he collected and analyzed both Soviet Union and Chinese military intelligence.
Kat Li is an IP litigation partner in the Austin office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Her trial practice focuses on patent and technology litigation, and she has represented Fortune 500 companies in United States District Court, the International Trade Commission, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.